Based on what friends told me, I knew Austin is a growing, “hipster” city that is becoming home to increasingly more millennials, artists and young professionals. It’s a lot like San Francisco in that sense, so I had an idea of what to expect.
What I wasn’t expecting was how much urban art adorned the city, such as “yarn-bombed” telephone poles and the sheer number of murals you’ll find. Especially in South Congress, colorful wall art delights nearly every block downtown. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I feel San Francisco doesn’t have nearly as much street art as Austin does.
Urban artwork is a large part of the “Keep Austin Weird” identity. There’s even a mural gallery you can visit! I didn’t have a chance to stop by or shoot all of the murals I saw (As a result of Instagram popularity, quite a few of them had lines to take photo!), I wanted to share a few that caught my eye and where to find them.
1401 S Congress Ave – back patio of TOMS Austin
Created by @jgoldcrown, this is the Austin iteration of the iconic heart mural that can also be found in Los Angeles and New York City.
Terry Black’s Barbecue
1003 Barton Springs Rd
While this isn’t exactly downtown or “hipster,” I love how a barbecue joint is also joining in the urban art fun. This mural adds rustic character to the restaurant–which, by the way, is delicious.
1619 East Cesar Chavez St.
I grew up playing loteria for hours with my grandma and mom growing up, so needless to say, I was pretty stoked to see this.
Greetings from Austin
1720 S 1st St – on the side of Roadhouse Relics
I’m a huge fan of this classic postcard design, and I knew I had to get a shot of this wall before leaving. To catch softer lighting and avoid lines, we came here earlier in the day (I suggest you do the same)!